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Homeless Blackburn beggar 'was desperate'
9:15am Friday 6th September 2013 in Blackburn
A 28-YEAR-OLD woman arrested for begging found herself in a ‘chicken and egg’ situation after her benefits were stopped.
Blackburn magistrates heard Lindsey Anne Standaloft couldn’t get accommodation without being in receipt of benefits, and couldn’t get benefits without an address.
Standaloft, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to persistently begging in a public place. She was made subject to community supervision for six months.
Claire Grant, prosecuting, said Standaloft was first spoken to by police at 9.30pm when she was approaching passers-by, asking for money in the grounds of Blackburn Cathedral. She was clutching a large bottle of cider.
She was given an official warning, and told she would be arrested if she persisted.
Mrs Grant said: “She appeared to accept the warning and left. However, the same officer arrested her at 1.30pm after she was seen sitting outside the Halifax on King William Street begging.”
Gareth Price, defending, said the fact his client was back begging within a few hours showed the desperate situation she was in.